Prostaglandin E1 administration for prevention of contrast-induced acute kidney injury: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials

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PGE1 has been studied for prevention of CI-AKI in several RCTs and significant heterogeneous results exist.


We searched PubMed, EMBase, and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials up to December 26, 2017 for RCTs comparing PGE1 with placebo or other active medications for the prevention of CI-AKI in patients. Odds ratio and 95% confidence interval (CI) were used for pooling dichotomous data, while mean difference and 95% confidence interval for pooling continuous data.


Seven RCTs involving 1760 patients were included in this meta-analysis. All these 7 trials reported the incidence of CI-AKI and compared with placebo or other treatment options, PGE1 was associated with a reduced risk of CI-AKI (OR: 0.38, 95% CI: 0.28–0.53; P < .001) and only a trend for lower post procedure serum creatinine (Scr) levels compared with control groups at 48 hours (MD: −0.03 mg/dL, 95% CI: −0.08 to 0.02 mg/dL; P = .25; 6 trials combined). But the postprocedure Scr levels were significantly reduced in PGE1 groups compared with control groups at 72 hours (MD: −0.07 mg/dL, 95% CI: −0.11 to −0.04 mg/dL; P < .001; 4 trials combined). We also meta-analyzed the postprocedure cystatin C (CysC) at 24 and 48 hours with 2 trials. There were lower postprocedure CysC levels in PGE1 groups than those in control groups (MD: −0.18 mg/L, 95% CI: −0.33 to −0.03 mg/L; P = .02 at 24 hours and MD: −0.14 mg/L, 95% CI: −0.23 to −0.06 mg/L; P = .001 at 48 hours).


PGE1 provides effective nephroprotection against CI-AKI and may act as a part of effective prophylactic pharmacological regimens.

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